A slim majority of Americans approve of how President Obama is handling unemployment, according to a new poll conducted by the Associated Press and GfK.
It’s great news for Obama, especially since the poll was conducted before the jobs report was released Friday, a report that was “surprisingly strong” and fairly consistent with Americans’ perception that Obama is bringing down the unemployment rate, the Associated Press explains.
The poll showed how Americans’ support for Obama’s handling of the economy has improved bit by bit over the course of the past two months.
Friday’s job report showed that 257,000 jobs were added in January and the average hourly wage grew by 12 cents to $24.75, the “biggest gain since September 2008” the AP reports.
Obama spoke about the economy's resurgence on Friday at a speech in Indianapolis,
"We've come a long way these past six years since we suffered the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression," Obama said. "In 2014, our economy created more than 3.1 million jobs, and that's the best year of job growth since the 1990s … America is poised for another good year."
However the poll shows that people are leery about whether the economy is recession-proof, or if it’s still susceptive to another economic meltdown.
“Three-quarters say the government has not put the right rules and regulations in place to stop another recession from occurring,” the AP explains.
Read more at the Associated Press.